American boys volleyball coach dies (UPDATED)

This post is updated at the bottom with a statement from James Logan coach Steve Burmaster.

American High boys volleyball coach Eric Cruzada died Monday apparently of a heart attack, the school’s co-athletic director Tom Bischofberger confirmed Tuesday.
“He’s had some health issues the last few weeks, but nobody thought it’d be as severe as this,” Bischofberger said. “He thought it was just minor little things going on, stress-related stuff.”
Bischofberger said an autopsy had not been performed yet but the belief is Cruzada died from a heart attack. He said Cruzada was 42 and a freelance web designer who worked from home, where he lived with his wife and 5-year-old daughter.
Cruzada had coached at American for over six years and had this year’s team in contention for a North Coast Section at-large playoff berth.
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East Bay softball poll — 5/7

Here’s our latest East Bay softball poll.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Amador Valley (6) 20-0 90 1
2. James Logan 18-1 84 2
3. Heritage 18-2 78 3
4. Newark Memorial 18-3 72 5
5. California 15-5 66 4
6. Concord 16-4 58 6
7. Alhambra 17-4 56 7
8. Monte Vista 12-8 47 8
t9. Alameda 13-3 38 12
t9. Arroyo 17-4 38 11
11. Castro Valley 10-8-1 25 13
12. Pinole Valley 11-6 23 9
13. Bishop O’Dowd 15-4 19 10
14. Freedom 9-6-1 13 14
15. Granada 10-10 10 NR

Also receiving votes: Moreau Catholic(11-6, 1 vote). The East Bay Prep Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.


East Bay Baseball Poll – 5/7

Here is this week’s baseball poll. Records are through Saturday.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Campolindo (5) 15-4-1 89 1
2. Dougherty Valley (1) 17-3 80 5
3. Deer Valley 17-2 78 2
4. De La Salle 15-5 77 3
5. Newark Memorial 17-4 63 t6
6. San Ramon Valley 13-6 61 4
7. College Park 15-5 54 8
8. California 11-9 47 t6
9. Northgate 18-2 45 9
10. Acalanes 14-6 32 14
11. Granada 13-7 27 NR
12. Salesian 16-3-1 21 11
13. James Logan 12-7 17 13
14. Alameda 13-5 9 14
15. Clayton Valley 14-5 8 13

Also receiving votes: Castro Valley (16-6, 6 points), Monte Vista (10-9, 5), St. Mary’s (15-5, 1). The East Bay High School Baseball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.


Sac beats Bay 73-65 in girls hoops all-star game

The Bay team may have had more college bound-talent and state championship game experience, but it was the Sacramento team’s day at the high school girls basketball senior all-star game Friday at the Norcal Courts in Martinez.

In particular, it was Brianna Burgos’ day.

The Sheldon High senior headed to Sonoma State scored 31 points to lead Sacramento back from an early deficit and to a 73-65 victory.

Sacramento outscored the Bay team 19-7 in the fourth quarter to earn the win.

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CIF approves open division basketball, new transfer rules

The California Interscholastic Federation Federated Council voted Friday to add an open division to its basketball championships and approve a new relaxed transfer policy.
The open division in basketball will begin in the 2012-13 season and feature up to eight entries for boys and girls basketball in the Northern and Southern regional championships.
The winners of the regional open division championships will play each other in a state championship game, adding an additional game to the current five-division slate.
The CIF will select the teams for the open division brackets from the pool of teams who meet a specific criteria. That criteria includes teams thatt have won two consecutive section championships, have qualified for the regional championships (.ie NorCal playoffs) for three of the past four years or reached the state or regional final the previous year. They also can have been ranked in the top 10 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, Calpreps or MaxPreps in early March for two straight years, including the current season.
Teams would have the option to opt in to the open divisions, but teams that are selected who meet the criteria cannot opt out.
The motion passed nearly unanimously, with only the North Coast Section casting 14 no votes.
The new transfer policy, approved by a 114-21 vote, will create a 30-day sit out period for athletes who transfer schools without a valid change of residence. Athletes would have to sit out until Oct. 1 for fall sports, Dec. 31 for winter sports and April 1 for spring sports.
The policy is a change from the current one year that athletes must sit out for transferring without a valid residency change. The basis of the new rule is to lessen legal fees that arise from legal challenges to CIF eligibility rulings.
The 30-day sit out period is expected to result in fewer legal challenges because athletes would not have to miss a complete season. Meanwhile, the hope is the 30-day sit out period is still enough of a deterrent to prevent a mass volume of transfers.
The NCS and Oakland Section joined the Northern Section in casting the 21 votes against the policy. All other sections voted in favor of the change.


SRV vaulter soars to state-leading height

San Ramon Valley co-coach Tim Hunter told me that the Wolves’ Colin Barber cleared 16 feet, 7 inches in the team’s dual meet against Monte Vista today. That mark now leads the state according to the DyeStat Elite 100 high school rankings. Barber also won three other events: the long jump (22-11), triple jump (42-3 1/2) and the 110-meter high hurdles (16.68 seconds) to help San Ramon Valley’s boys squad defeat Monte Vista 79-57.


Gabby Green, Oderah Chidom invited to try out for USA under-17 team

Bishop O’Dowd junior Oderah Chidom and St. Mary’s sophomore Gabby Green are among 35 players invited to try out for USA Basketball’s under-17 girls team.
Green, a 6-foot-1 point guard, participated in last year’s under-16 team trials. Chidom, a 6-foot-4 forward who helped O’Dowd win a Division III state championship this season, is participating in Team USA trials for the first time.
The trials will be held May 17-20 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.


Cal State East Bay to honor Hall of Fame inductees

 Six Cal State East Bay Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at a reception and dinner in the University Union on May 5.  The inductees are Marion Champion (women’s volleyball), Antoinette Goode (women’s basketball/volleyball), Don Sawyer (football), Jeff Southwick (men’s tennis), Dr. Charles Harmon “Doc” Brown (track and field assistant coach), and John Nelson (men’s tennis).

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